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A few days ago (Mar 08) I received this e-mail:
Dr. Wong, I once heard you mention that one should drink 3 glasses of milk a day to prevent osteoporosis. This is contrary to what I've heard in other "holistic"-type circles. One statement read, "The incidence of hip fractures (a good indicator of osteoporosis) in countries that have the highest dairy consumption in the world (like Norway, Sweden, and the United States) is 50 times greater than in countries like New Guinea and South Africa that have extremely low consumption of dairy products (and animal products in general) (from http://www.milksucks.com/osteo.asp . What do you make of that? Thanks much.
To which my answer was:
We need to look at the motivations of the animal rights / vegetarian crazies who produce those junk science studies in the name of "medicine".
Point #1: Comparing sedentary milk drinkers who may be taking in the calcium but not utilizing it because they are sitting on their duffs all day and put no pressure on their bones (Wolf's Law) as opposed to gals who are busting their asses on their feet working all day in third world countries and actually absorbing every gram of calcium they can and putting it into their bones is a very skewed comparison. As always from the anti-milk, egg, and meat crowd meant to promote their animal rights and vegetarian agenda regardless of how much they have to spin the truth to do it.
Point #2: The study is further flawed because the relative ages of the women involved is not equal. Hardly any gal in PPNG or ZA gets old enough to get osteoporosis, they die young from all the hard life and work. Whereas Scandinavia has one of the largest elderly populations in the world due to their exceptional medical care and pension systems.
Have you ever been to those countries and seen the people? Their stature, their structure? How they work, how they exercise or in the case of the WW2 and Boomer generation how they don't exercise? If you stood a 30 year old Swedish gal and a 30 year old tribes women from PPNG next to each other which would you rather be like? The Scandinavians are built like Greek Gods, but walk through their senior centers and rehab hospitals and you see them shrunken and shriveled. What this flawed study does show is the simple fact of "use it or lose it". Women who have hip fractures don’t exercise or do hard physical labor. It’s that simple! If you build roads with rocks broken by sledge hammers as I've seen women in third world countries do, then you'd have strong bones too, until you died young from all the malnutrition and over work!
Point #3: If you believe that Bessie the cow or Suzy the goat should not be looked at as a food source then don't drink milk and go ahead and take all the calcium supplements and drugs. But don’t expect those to really change anything unless you strength train or do farm or ranch work! Also look behind the studies to who paid for these studies and whether the aim of their work was to prove a point of theirs or actually find some new data for science.
Next we get to the anti meat bias of the Eco / Veggie / PETA loonies. For those of you who did not read the article on the ills of organic foods: Organic vs NonOrganic
Here is an excerpt on the supposedly harmful hormones found in meat and milk:
Meat and milk hormones. Alas here is where the anti-meat and milk crowd fudge their facts. Their agenda is really to make everyone a vegetarian because they don’t want you seeing Bessy the cow or Peter the pig as food. Animals they say, should be free to roam the earth and not kept confined awaiting their moment of execution in fear! Gag! First off, animal hormones degrade (lose their structure and ability to work) in 5 min. or less at temperatures above 58 to 67 degrees C (136 to 152 degrees F). The higher the temp the faster the degradation. Unless you are eating steak tartar, you are going to be cooking your meat for more than 5 minuets at temperatures above 200 degrees F (93 degrees C). So bye-bye hormones, they are no longer a problem. And by the way, since one of the arguments the animal rights folks give against meat is that animals are filled with parasites (which is true) it should be noted that those buggers can't live at those temperatures either! The only flesh eaters who get parasites from their meat are the raw food and sushi eating folks.
As to milk, Pasteurization, though much criticized in the natural health community, occurs between 63C for 30 min., or 72C for 16 seconds or 138C for 2 seconds. Temperature and time enough at temperature to denature hormones.
One comment must be made on Bovine Growth Hormone. Most all of the hormones of the larger mammals are interchangeable and nearly identical. So, pig hormones (which are the closest thing to bio-identical human hormones) can have an effect on cows, deer man etc. and vise-a-versa. So let us, for the sake of argument, make the statement that Human and Bovine Growth Hormone as nearly identical, which is what the animal rights people are saying. The anti-meat folks have been railing against Bovine Growth Hormone and its potential for causing cancer. We have heard the same song and dance from the orthodox MD’s in their fight against the Anti-aging MD’s and DO’s using Human Growth Hormone and IGF-1. The folks who say the stuff might cause cancer can point to no statistics to show a rise in CA among those who the anti-aging docs use the hormone on. And, they can point to no spike in CA in the general population directly attributable to drinking milk or eating meat. While they have tried to contrive junk studies to prove that very point the work has not been conclusive. The study conclusions have all been very “spun” to make the desired points even though the data did not support the conclusions.
BUT on the other side, the anti-aging docs have been doing their work now for two decades. Time enough to see trends in disease. Anti-aging patients, in the last 20 years, have not demonstrated more of a tendency to get cancer than the general population. If an in-depth study of them were done I would bet money that their rate of getting CA was lower than the general population. This is what the clinical experience has found and for those of you who know my work you know that I put a lot more stock in the “Observed Reality of Clinical Experience” than in any easily spun study funded by suspicious people with hidden agendas! Clinical experience is what’s really happening. Many medical studies these days are conjecture at best and outright deception at worst! One final capper to this subject: anti-cancer doctors, Oncologist's, use IGF-1 (the active product of Human Growth Hormone) to fight cancer! That says it all!
As to the antibiotics, not much survives pasteurization and cooking either. So case closed on that.
Now if these folks are soooo concerned about unintentional hormone intake why don’t they tell you about the 5 digit hormone levels in soy, flax and bean products? (Birth control pills only have one digit worth of estrogen)! Why don’t they tell you that unlike animal based and fat based synthetic hormones the hormones from vegetables CAN withstand very high temperatures and still be active?!
The reason they don’t tell you about those hormones is that they cause infertility and outright sterility and since the Eco nuts and animal rights crazies see humans as a virus on their otherwise pristine planet they are out to lower the human population whether you want to be sterile or not! In this, they have the complicit help of the US government in that since Gerry Ford signed off on National Security Memo 200 in 1976 population control is the affirmed policy of the US government! So as the means for decreasing fertility, soy and flax products then managed to find their way into foods from soup to frozen meatballs, from bread to french fries. Their use was pushed 'round the world as alternative protein sources without a word as to their side effects. Angry yet? Here’s more.
As to the Eco Yuppie / Vegetarian crowd being worried about cancer causing substances in our food, that claim rings hollow when one considers that soy has trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is an enzyme we make and it is one of the main safeguards we have against cancer. In humans, trypsin and its brother chymotrypsin actually eat cancer cells. Soy has a component that inhibits the function of the thyroid and lowers its function. 95+% of cancers are estrogen driven. Soy has an estrogen count as high as 10,392 mg per 4 ounces! This combination is why the #1 cancer we are seeing in children today is Thyroid cancer! I’ll lay odds that most all of the kids who get Thyroid cancer were fed soy formula as infants and eat a lot of prepared foods containing soy products! So much for the Eco crowd wanting to save us from disease! After all, using their logic, the earth is over populated so all the kids who die go to reducing the “surface population”!
All of the junk medical science has an agenda and whether it is getting you off the planet earlier from mal-nutrition (the average vegetarian life span is 56, not long enough to be a burden to Socialist Security System) or force you into having less kids or no kids in an era of already declining fertility and population; it’s all meant to strike fear, misinform, coerce and other wise lie to you in order to make you do something you would not normally do. Stay a free individual, think for yourself and don’t buy into their outright lies and fear mongering.
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